How to be an Intellectually Fulfilled Atheist (Or Not)

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Author William A. Dembski worked closely as an advisor with the producers of the Spring 2008 documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed starring Ben Stein. This controversial featurelength documentary film about researchers, professors, and academics who claim to have been marginalized, silenced, or threatened with academic expulsion because of their challenges to some or all parts of Darwin's theory of evolution is one of the top twelve highest grossing documentary's of all time. It has attracted both praise ...
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Overview

Author William A. Dembski worked closely as an advisor with the producers of the Spring 2008 documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed starring Ben Stein. This controversial featurelength documentary film about researchers, professors, and academics who claim to have been marginalized, silenced, or threatened with academic expulsion because of their challenges to some or all parts of Darwin's theory of evolution is one of the top twelve highest grossing documentary's of all time. It has attracted both praise and controversy in its challenge against Darwinism. Like the documentary, How to Be an Intellectually Fulfilled Atheist (Or Not) presents a point-of-view so powerful, that it literally forces a re-examination of issues central to our understanding of life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933859842
  • Publisher: ISI Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Edition description: 2
  • Pages: 150
  • Sales rank: 1,091,915
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

William A. Dembski is a Senior Fellow with the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He has authored or edited more than a dozen books, including the first book on intelligent design to be published by a major university press, The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance through Small Probabilities (Cambridge University Press, 1998). He has seven earned degrees, including two doctorates, one in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, the other in mathematics from University of Chicago. His work has been featured on the front page of the New York Times and he has appeared on numerous radio and television broadcasts, including ABC’s Nightline and Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show. Bill and his wife, Jana, live in Central Texas with their daughter and twin boys.

Jonathan Wells is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD. in Religious Studies from Yale University. He has worked as a postdoctoral research biologist at the University of California at Berkeley and the supervisor of a medical laboratory in Fairfield, California, and he has taught biology at California State University in Hayward. He is the author numerous articles and several books including Icons of Evolution, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Atheism's Quest for Intellectual Fulfillment

1 The Problem of Life's Origin 1

2 A Batch of Red Herrings 7

3 Spontaneous Generation 11

4 Oparin's Hypothesis 17

5 The Miller-Urey Experiment 25

6 Primitive Undersea Simulation Experiments 29

7 Free Oxygen 33

8 Reversible Reactions 37

9 Interfering Cross-Reactions 39

10 Racemic Mixtures 41

11 The Synthesis of Polymers 45

12 The Humpty-Dumpty Problem 51

13 Harnessing the Sun 55

14 The Proteinoid World 57

15 The RNA World 63

16 Self-Organizing Worlds 69

17 Molecular Darwinism 77

18 When All Else Fails - Panspermia 83

19 The Medium and the Message 85

20 The God of the Gaps 91

21 Cellular Engineering 97

22 Irreducible Complexity 101

23 Conservation of Information 103

24 Thinking Outside the Box 107

25 A Reasonable Hypothesis 111

Epilogue: Atheism as a Speculative Faith 115

Notes 117

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